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For accurate, detailed information on mosquitoes, please explore this site. There is a lot of erroneous information out there. We try to clear it up.

Outdoors: If mosquito pressure is heavy, you really need both a mosquito trap or traps and mosquito repellents. If you have light to moderate mosquito pressure, repellents alone may be enough.

Mosquito repellents work by putting out a mist of a non-toxic substance that repels mosquitoes. Mosquito traps work by attracting mosquitoes and then capturing them.


Indoors: If you have mosquitoes and flies indoors, look at the DynaTrap Indoors and the Intellitrap. They attract and capture all flying insects by UV light. Put a Cognito outside by your doors or other openings if mosquitoes are getting inside.

Traveling: When you are outdoors for extended periods, or away from home, we highly recommend using Mosquito Patches.  They are safe, effective and cheap.  No oils, smells or mess.

Recommended Mosquito Repellents for Yard, Deck and Patio


These effective non-toxic mosquito repellents work against all biting insects, including mosquitoes, gnats and midges. They work very well. Unlike toxic repellents, they cause no harm.

For a very small patio or deck, we recommend 2 or more Terminix AllClear Lanterns or Mosquito Cognitos. You must be within a few feet downwind to be protected. Mosquito Cognitos can also be used for small spaces. Use at least 2 for every 4 people. If mosquitoes are getting indoors, we recommend placing a Cognito by all entrances.

The Terminix AllClear Backyard Mister protects an area of up to 2000 sq. ft. (e.g. 40' x 50'). You spray the area with a non-toxic solution for 4 minutes every 2 hours.

The Mosquito Sentry is a very effective mosquito repellent that covers around 30' x 30' or 900 Sq. Ft. and up to 15 people. Totally non-toxic. It mists continually while on. This has been very popular with our customers and has our highest recommendation. Many customers have purchased multiple units.

If your mosquito pressure is low to moderate, this may be enough. If not, you should select a trap or traps. Look for your yard size and mosquito type below.

  Lantern Picture   Cognito pic
AllClear Lantern Mosquito Cognito
Back Yard Mister Mosquito Sentry Pic
    Mosquito Sentry

Terminix AllClear Lantern Video

The Lantern mists periodically as shown in this video. The Backyard Mister also sends out a mist, but it covers a much wider area. With the Backyard, you mist every 2 hours or as desired. The video has not been released for this new model. Coverage under different wind conditions is shown in the manual.

  AlllClear Lantern Video   Position the Backyard Mister pic
Recommended Mosquito Traps and Repellents by Yard Size 

Tiny Yard (30 feet or less to the border from the area you use)

If the edge of your property is 30 feet or less from the outdoor area you use, do not get a mosquito trap.  You will just attact more to bite you. Use only the mosquito repellent devices. We particularly recommend the Mosquito Sentry.

    AllClear Lantern   Mosquito Sentry

Small Yard (30-50 feet to the border from the area you use).

For mosquito repellents, we recommend the Mosquito Sentry. For a mosquito trap, get an Intellitrap or one of the Dynatraps. Put the mosquito trap at least 30 feet from you.  

Mosquitoes can see around 30 feet. These mosquito traps use UV lights, so they must be in a place that is visible to the mosquitoes. You want the mosquitoes to see the trap before they see you. These traps will also catch many other bothersome insects. If your yard is this size, do not use a CO2 based trap because it attracts from about 100 feet. You will just attract more to your area.

  inOut Mosquito Trap   DynatrapXL
  IntelliTrap   DynaTrap

Larger yard (50 feet or more to the border)

Use the Mosquito Sentry for your patio or congregating space or the Terminix AllClear Backyard Mister for larger areas.

Select one or more of these CO2 based traps.  Put the trap at least 30 feet away from you toward the source of the mosquitoes. Why? Because the trap attracts and then captures. If it is close to people, the mosquitoes will prefer the people to the trap. Look at the trap placement video below to determine the best place for your trap.

The only corded CO2 trap we carry, the Mosquito Magnet Patriot, catches about as many as the more expensive Mosquito Magnet models.

If you need a cordless trap, choose one of these: Mosquito Magnet Executive (computerized) or Independence; SkeeterVac SV3100 or SV5100

If you would like us to consult on your needs, please Send an E-mail or call (866) 379-4669. If you email, include your address. We will provide specific recommendations.

  MMIndependence   MM3300
SV5000 Mosquito Trap SV5000 Mosquito Trap

Very Large Yards

  MMIndependence   SV5000 Mosquito Trap
Back Yard Mister Mosquito Sentry Pic
  AllClear Backyard Mister   Mosquito Sentry

CO2 Trap Placement

It is very important to place your trap properly. Watch this short video from Mosquito Magnet for pointers. It applies to all CO2 traps.

  Mosquito Trap Placement Video    



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